National POW/MIA Recognition Day

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day
United States
National POW/MIA Recognition Day

National POW/MIA Recognition Day is observed annually on the third Friday of September. This dedicated day pays homage to the dedication and sacrifices of our nation's prisoners of war and those still missing in action, along with their families. As part of this commemoration, Americans are urged to pause and contemplate the sacrifices made by military personnel who are imprisoned or unaccounted for due to their service.

To show support, individuals and businesses are encouraged to display POW/MIA flags. The Legion maintains its unwavering commitment to achieving a full accounting of all U.S. servicemembers from various war eras who are either imprisoned or listed as missing in action. This commitment includes advocating for the return of living POWs, repatriation of the remains of fallen soldiers from war zones abroad, or a determination through compelling evidence when neither option is feasible, as outlined in Resolution 22 from the 99th National Convention.